Cooking with Kids – Homemade Granola

This is our most favorite homemade granola recipe, adapted from Rebecca Rather’s, Rather Sweet cookbook. We have been making it for years, and it is a staple in our house. My 3 year old requests it in her yogurt almost daily for breakfast, and she helps me make it all the time.

Cooking with Kids Homemade Granola

It makes a ton, and freezes well. It also makes great gifts in a Mason jar with a cute ribbon tied around it! You can add dried fruit, sunflower seeds- whatever your kids like. We keep ours simple, but it is a huge hit, and easy to make! And you really can let your kiddos help with almost every step!


  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup chia seeds (the kids don’t even notice these!)
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sliced almonds


Cooking with Kids Homemade Granola

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large saucepan set over medium heat, combine the oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. I let my daughter measure and pour the ingredients before turning on the stove.

Cooking with Kids Homemade Granola

Stir until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.

Cooking with Kids Homemade Granola

In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconuts and chia seeds.

Pour the warm oil and honey mixture into the oat mixture and stir until combined.

Cooking with Kids Homemade Granola

Spread the mixture evenly on two 12×17 inch rimmed baking sheets.

Cooking with Kids Homemade Granola

Bake for 20 minutes, stirring several times, until the granola is a deep golden brown.

Cool completely

Written by Anne

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